WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Raccoons can live in a wide range of habitats, requiring only a source of water, food, and a protected area for denning in order to survive. The habitats best suited for raccoons are hardwood swamps, floodplain forests, fresh and saltwater marshes, and both cultivated and abandoned farmland. Raccoons home range sizes in urban areas is about 3 – 40 hectares. Raccoons feed off fruit and insects in gardens, leftovers in municipal waste and other easily available food sources. In urban areas, a large number of sleeping areas exist — areas such as hollows in old garden trees, cottages, garages, abandoned houses, and attics. The raccoon is also a strong swimmer, but only when forced to swim. It is known more for its climbing abilities. It is capable of making a variety of sounds, including whistling, shrieking, chattering, clicking its teeth, snarling and growling.